School: Uachtar Árd (roll number 4786)

Oughterard, Co. Galway
An tSr M. S. Iognáid

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0065, Page 308

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also sheets out of Oughterard linen.
Most of the farmers around Oughterard wear (the)
home-knitted stockings made out of home-spun thread. They get the wool off the sheep and make it into thread by dressing it with sweet oil and carding it into little rolls about twelve or eighteen inches long. They then spin it on the spinning wheel and twist it to make it right for knitting.
There are several people around Oughterard that have spinning wheels. Mrs. Mac Donagh of Drimmahon has one.
Black clothes are usually worn for a year after a near relative dies.

There are two blessed wells in Oughterard. St. Michall's Well and St. Cummins Well.
Saint Cummin's Well is in a field near the Galway road. It was closed in by the Salvation Army in the olden days. It sprung up again in the same place. Three times it was closed and each time it sprung up again. The last time it was closed it sprung up in the grave yard which is not far from

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Nora Joyce
Oughterard, Co. Galway